Declan Rice shortlisted for PFA Young Player of the Year

Declan Rice has been named on the shortlist for the PFA Young Player of the Year prize.

The 22-year-old West Ham United midfielder makes the final six names in contention for the prestigious award after enjoying another outstanding campaign in Claret & Blue.

Rice made 32 Premier League appearances in 2020/21, starting as captain in 28 of them, and played a central role in helping the team to a Club record-breaking 65 Premier League points and European football.

Having already been nominated for the Premier League's Young Player of the Season prize, Rice will now hope to land the award as voted for by his fellow professionals.

Rice finds himself up against Arsenal's Bukayo Saka, Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood, Mason Mount of Chelsea, Manchester City's Phil Foden and Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The Academy graduate is set to play a prominent role with England at Euro 2020 this summer too, after yesterday being named in Gareth Southgate's final 26-man squad.

The Three Lions' campaign gets underway with a Group D fixture against Croatia on Sunday 13 June, with games against Scotland and Czech Republic, all at Wembley Stadium, to follow.

The Hammers have had two previous winners of the award. Tony Cottee claimed the trophy in 1985/86 when he scored 26 goals as John Lyall's men finished third in the top flight, while goalkeeper Mervyn Day took the honours in 1974/75 as the Club lifted their second FA Cup.